The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana) is a global network of Catholic leaders and professionals from over 60 countries committed to the evangelization of the professional and intellectual milieu. Since 1946, ICMICA has been a space for global reflection and action on issues of concern for Catholic lay leaders and lay professional organizations. Pax Romana ICMICA is recognized by the Holy See and is active in international civil society networks such as the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations. It has a consultative relationship with the United Nations. In Kenya, KMCP is the official representative of Pax Romana-ICMICA at the UNEP/UN Habitat. ICMICA is an international association of the faithful, with private juridical personality according to canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law. The aims of ICMICA are to:
- Support the deepening of the faith and the coherence of life of its members.
- Support the process of constant formation of its members in spiritual matters, in commitment, and in professional and intellectual matters by way of exchange of experiences, shared study, openness to the Word of God and the celebration of, and participation in, the life of the ecclesial community, in communion with the local Church, in which it is present, and with the universal Church.
- Serve as witness of the Gospel in the various communities and environments with which it is involved and to contribute intellectually and professionally to a proactive dialogue between the Christian faith and cultures, and between faith and reason;
- Act in defense of human dignity and human rights, for the construction of true peace on earth, for the eradication of all forms of poverty and injustice, and for sustainable development in harmony with nature;
- Pursue its entire works on behalf of society in the light of the Social Teachings of the Church, and especially through the professional and intellectual contributions of its members;
- Contribute to the path of ecumenism seeking the growth of communion between all Churches and Christian communities; and to be in dialogue, peace and understanding among religions.
In Africa, ICMICA has national federations, each with a unique name. These include: Benin (Mouvement des Intellectuals Catholiques du Benin); Cameroun (Mouvement des Intellectuals Catholiques du Cameroun); DRC (Mouvement des Intellectuals Catholiques du Congo); Ghana (Pax Romana ICMICA Ghana); Kenya (Kenya Movement of Catholic Professional (KMCP)); Rwanda (Union Xavéri des Adultes de Kigali); Tanzania (Christian Professionals of Tanzania (CPT)); Zambia ( Zambia Association of Catholic Professionals); Uganda (Catholic Association of Professionals of Uganda (CAPU)); Madagascar (Mouvement Chrétien de Cadres et de Professionnels Catholiques (MCCP) de Madagascar); Togo ( Groupe pour l’Approfondissement de la Foi (GRAF)); Zimbabwe (Catholic Professionals Network Zimbabwe). We also have contact groups that are in the process of becoming full affiliated federations in Botswana; Ethiopia; Lesotho; Malawi; Namibia; Nigeria and South Sudan.
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